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An uncontrolled Chinese space station weighing at least 7 tons is set to break up as it hurtles to Earth on or around April 1, the European Space Agency has forecast.Some debris from the Tiangong-1 – or "Heavenly Palace" – space lab will likely fall into the ocean or somewhere on land, but the chances of human injury are vanishingly small, said Stijn Lemmens, an ESA space debris expert based in Darmstadt, Germany.More than 90 percent of those bits of high-tech space junk weighed 100 kilograms or more.Lemmens calculated the odds of being struck by space debris at one in 1.2 trillion – 10 million times less likely than getting hit by lightning.The U.S. Space Surveillance Network tracks some 23,000 debris objects traveling at speeds of up to 28,000 kilometers per hour.Not much can be done to reduce the volume of orbiting space junk, much of which will eventually drift into Earth's atmosphere and burn up.
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